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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (10 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607742454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607742456
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.9 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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"Wired for Story reveals that stories are not only a metaphor for human striving and survival, but they are also the means by which the brain ensures that we survive. Lisa Cron translates the latest neuroscience into a master guidebook for how to write engaging, meaningful, and moving stories."
--Elizabeth Lyon, author of Manuscript Makeover

"As a story consultant for business executives as well as artists, I am always searching for ways to convey the skill set involved in constructing a story. Wired for Story presents basic principles for harnessing the natural power of the brain to recognize and create stories in a way that is inspiring and entirely helpful."
--Murray Nossel, PhD, founder of Narativ Inc.

"Remember when Luke has to drop the bomb into the small vent on the Death Star? The story writer faces a similar challenge of penetrating the brain of the reader. This book gives the blueprints."
--David Eagleman, neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine and author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain


"We all love a good story but most of us struggle to write them. Lisa Cron enlightens us as to how to get the job done in a savvy and engaging way."
--Michael Gazzaniga, neuroscientist and director of the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Story guru Lisa Cron unlocked my last novel for me over lunch, but if you can't have her by your side when you're wrestling your manuscript, the next best thing is this smart, funny, genius book about the myths, realities, and brass tacks of story. Packed with innovative tips and techniques, it's as essential to any writer as a laptop, and much more fun."
--Caroline Leavitt, author of "New York Times" best seller "Pictures of You"
"Wired for Story reveals that stories are not only a metaphor for human striving and survival, but they are also the means by which the brain ensures that we survive. Lisa Cron translates the latest neuroscience into a master guidebook for how to write engaging, meaningful, and moving stories."
--Elizabeth Lyon, author of Manuscript Makeover
"As a story consultant for business executives as well as artists, I am always searching for ways to convey the skill set involved in constructing a story. Wired for Story presents basic principles for harnessing the natural power of the brain to recognize and create stories in a way that is inspiring and entirely helpful."
--Murray Nossel, PhD, founder of Narativ Inc.
"Remember when Luke has to drop the bomb into the small vent on the Death Star? The story writer faces a similar challenge of penetrating the brain of the reader. This book gives the blueprints."
--David Eagleman, neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine and author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain


We all love a good story but most of us struggle to write them. Lisa Cron enlightens us as to how to get the job done in a savvy and engaging way.
Michael Gazzaniga, neuroscientist and director of the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind, University of California, Santa Barbara
Story guru Lisa Cron unlocked my last novel for me over lunch, but if you can t have her by your side when you re wrestling your manuscript, the next best thing is this smart, funny, genius book about the myths, realities, and brass tacks of story. Packed with innovative tips and techniques, it's as essential to any writer as a laptop, and much more fun.
Caroline Leavitt, author of "New York Times" best seller "Pictures of You"
Wired for Story reveals that stories are not only a metaphor for human striving and survival, but they are also the means by which the brain ensures that we survive. Lisa Cron translates the latest neuroscience into a master guidebook for how to write engaging, meaningful, and moving stories.
Elizabeth Lyon, author of Manuscript Makeover
As a story consultant for business executives as well as artists, I am always searching for ways to convey the skill set involved in constructing a story. Wired for Story presents basic principles for harnessing the natural power of the brain to recognize and create stories in a way that is inspiring and entirely helpful.
Murray Nossel, PhD, founder of Narativ Inc.
Remember when Luke has to drop the bomb into the small vent on the Death Star? The story writer faces a similar challenge of penetrating the brain of the reader. This book gives the blueprints.
David Eagleman, neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine and author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain"

About the Author

LISA CRON spent a decade in publishing first at W.W. Nortonthen at John Muir Publications before turning to television, whereshe s been supervising producer on shows for Showtime and CourtTV. She s been a story consultant for Warner Brothers, the William Morris Agency, Village Roadshow, and Icon; an agent at theAngela Rinaldi Literary Agency; and is featured in"Ask the Pros: Screenwriting." Lisa is an instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers Program."


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Lisa Cron offers useful and original writing insights, despite not always following her own advice and zeroing in on the point (see chapter 2, Lisa). Too much "brain science" (snore), too few worked examples (grrr), but a five star collection of tips, nonetheless. I'd buy it again in a flash.

Waverers or cheapskates might want to listen to Grammar Girl podcast episode 330, The Rules of Story, for a free sample of the advice on offer, and a lesson in zeroing in on the point.
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I bought this for myself on a recommendation. I'm so glad I did.
Excellent book if you want to know what drives readers, and how to grab their attention. Lisa also provides great examples as well to illustrate what she is trying to tell you. If you're a writer like me, you need this book.
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This is a really good book for the budding writer. It makes so much sense and really makes you think about your story, characters and plot. I'd definitely recommend it for anyone who is hoping to write a novel.
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I am loving this book, it's got me completely hooked - almost as a fiction book might! This lady really knows her stuff. This approach to writing stories using neuroscientific discoveries is not only interesting - it' s gripping. It reveals not only what works in story telling and what doesn't, but WHY people need to read stories in the first place and what they are subconsciously looking for to get that 'satisfied' feeling at the end. In fact, it's packed full of useful information. Well done - I shall definitely look out for more by this author.
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If I had to recommend one book on writing, it would be this one. Sets out why humans are addicted to story and what exactly writers need to do to press tap into its power, in prose that is in itself clear, concise and hugely entertaining. Absolutely invaluable.
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As a person who enjoys studying psychology and story writing (namely film scripts) this book is the perfect blend between the two. It offers a psychological background research to certain aspects of story writing, giving a unique view to the common tips we often read in other books. This book also offers a practical guide that helps you transfers the knowledge you are given to your own stories. This book has now become my go-to-book for quick reminders when I'm a little stuck.
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This book is mildly interesting, but I am pausing at 8% through to comment that so far the book has spent a lot of time telling me how marvellous it is with very little information. Now it has given me three must-have ingredients which apparently humans are hard-wired for evolutionary survival reasons to need when reading. It gives an example of what is supposed to be a killer first sentence and says, 'Who wouldn't read on to find out?' Well, me for one. I find the sentence crass, dull and transparent, and certainly trying too hard, and I'd definitely put the book down.

All this makes me want to put down this one but I will soldier on, more in hope than expectation. If the book perks up I shall leave a further comment to modify this review. But all the signs are bad. I would give just one star but think it would be unfair after having read so little. Of course, by making my mind up about this book after reading so little, I'm only confirming the book's thesis that this is what readers do. But that's not the bit I'm disputing...
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"a game-changer for anyone who has ever set pen to paper" is perhaps not the best introduction to a book that primarily concerns novels. I'm half way through this book, which seems to balance cognitive neuroscience with literary skill in good measure - an easy to read guide - but which sticks to fiction, and gives examples only of novels (so far). Thus, I think this book should be called 'The Novellists Guide to...."

I write this review in case there are any other copy writers or journalists out there who are hooked, like I was, by the title and will then perhaps be disappointed by the content.
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